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Potluck and Program – Tracking Montana’s Osprey

May 8 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Rob Domenech, executive director of Raptor View Research Institute (RVRI), will be the featured speaker at the Monday, May 8 meeting of the Flathead Audubon Society at 7 p.m. (There won’t be a virtual component to this meeting). His presentation will include a brief history of the Montana Osprey Project (when it started and why), blood heavy metals analysis (i.e. mercury levels) in Osprey sampled along the Upper Clark Fork River Superfund site, a summary of color band encounters, and an overview of our satellite telemetry tracks of Osprey tagged along the Bitterroot River – with a few standout stories of satellite-tracked individuals.

Rob graduated from the University of Montana in 2002 with a Wildlife Biology degree. He worked throughout western Montana for much of the 1990s, scouting for suitable sites to establish the first fall raptor migration ridgeline banding study in Montana. He founded RVRI in 2004 to continue and better facilitate his raptor research and migration studies. Domenech is one of the country’s leading authorities on Golden Eagle and Osprey ecology. His work includes standardized migration counts, satellite telemetry, wing-tagging and color-banding, eco-toxicology studies and more. RVRI’s data have contributed to over a dozen publications in top-tier scientific journals. When not in the field, you can find Rob promoting awareness of raptor ecology and related conservation challenges to youth, and community groups.

Our May potluck and silent auction are one of our favorite events of the year. We enjoy seeing everyone, eating together, and having time to visit before the summer break. This year, silent auction proceeds will go toward the Owen Sowerwine Conservation Easement.

We’ll meet in Room 26 of the Gateway Mall (United Way building). This room is on the east side of the building along Glenwood Drive in Kalispell. Look for our banner hanging outside.

We will not have a virtual component to this meeting due to the number of planned activities.

  • Monday, May 8, 2023
  • Doors open at 5 p.m.
  • Potluck Dinner starts at 6 p.m.
  • Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Please bring your own plates, utensils and cups. There is no sink to wash dishes so prepare accordingly. Be sure to arrive early enough to look over and bid on silent auction items! Officers and Board Members will also be elected.


The annual Silent Auction at the Flathead Audubon May Potluck is the perfect time to gather all of the valuable “stuff” that you might be able to live without. We’re looking for bird books, outdoor gear, artwork, live bedding plants, bird houses and feeders of all kinds, and homemade pies and cookies. We’ll also have a few special items that have been donated such as the paintings by Tom Roberts below. Proceeds from the silent auction will go towards the Owen Sowerwine Conservation Easement. Please be prepared to take your items home if they do not receive a bid.


Gateway West Community Room 26

1203 U.S. Rte 2
Kalispell, MT 59901
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